ITS RIDICULOUS FOR A PARTY SEEKING TO FORM GOVERNMENT TO BELIEVE CREATING 500,000 JOBS IS AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK
Zambians of goodwill, including well-meaning stakeholders have been called upon to join His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu important fight against youth joblessness and the lack of economic opportunities accruing to the Zambian youth. President Lungu has once again proved PF’s armchair critics that his administration has not reneged on its commitment to ensure youths from academic institutions, and the wider community benefit from the country’s economic opportunities. At the heart of President Lungu’s call is PF’s commitment to existing and emerging small entrepreneurs to conduct their business in an enabling environment. It can therefore not be denied that with the resolve to ensure economic opportunities and jobs, both in the formal and informal sector, accrue to the youth, Zambia is positioned to record more success stories of entrepreneurs and economic giants from today’s present generation of youth. Therefore those who have elected to be dismissive of President Lungu and PF’s commitment on this score must be reminded that wise people do not throw a baby with bathing water. They must also remember that this decision, once successfully implemented, will translate in job creation and economic growth and benefit the bigger population.
It is therefore unfortunate that in their usual fashion, Opposition Parties such as UPND, seeking to be given the mandate to rule does not believe it is possible to create 500,000 jobs. On this basis alone, Zambian youths must dismiss UPND’s rhetoric around economic development because they do not even believe in job creation and economic creation. PF has unveiled its youth jobs plan to the nation and Zambian youths have seen it. We ask Zambian youths to demand that as opposed to being pessimists and doubting Thomas, UPND must challenge PF’s Jobs Plan with an alternative which they must unveil to the nation. Zambian youths must not buy UPND’s old story of “dummy budgets and youth empowerment and employment plan” hidden in some briefcase somewhere. We are calling out the UPND to show Zambians how they will create jobs and not the cheap politicking they are engaging in. Zambian youths would want to see the contestation of ideas and not just cheap and twisted propaganda by the UPND and their colleagues in certain media houses. We have also noted that some media houses bent on twisting facts in order to suit their narrative have dedicated effort to kill President Lungu’s youth empowerment and jobs even before it is can walk. It is not too late for UPND to graduate into a progressive Opposition Party, and serve as a proposition of new and innovative ideas.
Lastly, it must be noted that the youth of Zambia spoke in 2011 and have continued to insist that 50 years after Independence, economic benefits must begin to accrue to them. This includes a marshal plan responding to their social and economic problems in terms of jobs, housing, education, healthcare, access to water and electricity, land reform, etc., and President Lungu and PF have heard, understood and acted on this important demand.
ISSUED BY SUNDAY CHANDA, VICE CHAIRPERSON, PF MEDIA AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE MEMBER